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Organic and Biological Chemistry B - CBMS304

Biological systems carry out a huge range of complex organic reactions to achieve growth, to reproduce and to compete. This unit, together with CBMS303, examines advanced topics in organic chemistry, relevant to biology and biological systems. This unit has an underlying theme of the structure and reactivity of DNA. Specific topics include: metal-mediated coupling (bond-forming) reactions; aromaticity; heterocyclic chemistry; nucleotides, DNA and RNA; and pericyclic reactions. These topics build upon the foundation of CBMS204, using the same text book supplemented by notes given out in lectures and inexpensive Oxford Chemistry Primers on specialised topics. This unit requires good skills in organic chemistry; a background in other aspects of chemistry and/or biochemistry will be advantageous. The laboratory sessions are aimed at developing skills in organic chemistry, using reactions studied in lectures to reinforce principles and exemplify typical reactions.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

2018 - Next offered in 2018

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Andrew Try, Dr Fei Liu, Professor Peter Karuso

6cp in CBMS units at 200 level including CBMS204 Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): CBMS341, CBMS841
Unit Designation(s):

Medical Sciences


Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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